'War for the Planet of the Apes' races past 'Spider-Man'

Posted July 18, 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes and Wish Upon were the new debuts at the box office this weekend.

War For The Planet of The Apes is the top new film at 2 with $102.5 million from 62 countries and a 55% 45% split from U.S. to rest of the world. It is the ninth movie on the same simian vs. homo sapiens theme unleashed by Hollywood since the original was released in 1968.

Sony's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" moved to the second place at the North American box office with an estimated 45.2 million US dollars in its second weekend.

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This year's Spiderman flick is the tenth featuring the lad bitten by a radioactive spider.

Taking third place and dropping a reasonable 44% was the toon threequel Despicable Me 3 with an estimated $18.9M. The Big Sick improved on its third-week total of $5.2 million by bringing in $7.6 million this weekend and climbing all the way to the fifth spot in this week's top ten. The comedy added $71 million to its foreign coffers to bring its total up to $431 million, of which China has contributed $113 million.

Internationally, Spider-Man took in another $72.3-M from 64 territories for a foreign take of $261.1-M and $469.4-M globally.

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Director/writer Matt Reeves and co-writer Mark Bomback return from the second entry, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (gotta love these titles), and bring with them a surprising level of gravity for a movie that involves so many apes shooting machine guns while riding on horseback. The worldwide total has now reached $764.9 million. Even with overseas flocking, the movie now sits at $517.3 million which is lowest of the main franchise easily. After 17 days, 2013's "Despicable Me 2" had $276 million in the bank, but part 3 is far from being that successful. The film, made for $150 million, scored a glowing 94 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes site.

Just as it did last week, 'Baby Driver' kept control of the vehicle.

"Wonder Woman", new horror entry "Wish Upon" (expecting just $5.5 million this weekend), "Cars 3", "Transformers: The Last Knight", and "The House" round out the top 10.

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Edgar Wright's latest is racing to US$8.8 million from 3,043 locations. Domestically it should make it over $90 million, with $100 million not impossible.